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The Mission of Global Dignity is to implement the universal right of every human being to lead a dignified life. We all have the ability to increase the dignity of others and thus we increase our own dignity. The more dignity we have, the brighter our world will be.

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Established in 2005, by HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant and Professor Pekka Himanen, GD is linked to the 2020 process of the World Economic Forum, in which leaders from politics, business, academia, and civil society join efforts to improve the state of the world. GD is an independent, non-political organization focused on empowering individuals with the concept that every human being has the universal right to lead a dignified life.

Global Dignity Day Canada

The Seventh Annual Global Dignity Day is scheduled for Wednesday, October 15th, 2014, and will be celebrated in over 50 countries around the world. This year we build upon the great success of last year’s event during which hundreds of thousands of youth participated across 50 countries.

On this day, role models from across the country – including parents, educators, athletes, Senators, former and current Members of Parliament as well as international business and thought leaders – join thousands of volunteers to make the day possible. In Canada, role models will speak with youth across the country from Nunavut to British Columbia with the aim to instil a positive, inclusive and interconnected sense of value in young people that will guide them as they grow. Within this year’s theme, “the many faces of dignity”, students will be able to explore several facets of dignity.

Our partners from last year include the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, TakingITGlobal, Right To Play and The Heroa Project: dedicated to working with youth to realize the hero that lies in everyone. Overall, it is our hope that by acknowledging existing inequalities, students will see that they have the ability to impact and enrich the lives of others through their own actions and choices, thereby promoting awareness and a social consciousness during a key time in their development.

Mission

The mission of Global Dignity is to implement the universal right of every human being to lead a dignified life. We all have the ability to increase the dignity of others and thus we increase our own dignity.

The dignity approach works on all levels: it works for children and for adults, it works for men and for women, and it works on the micro and macro level.

Global Dignity is an autonomous non-profit, non-criticism and non-partisan initiative. We wish to be inspiration-based: commending and encouraging best practice and dignity-centered leadership. The concept of global dignity includes the following five principles:

1. Every human being has a right to lead a dignified life.

2. A dignified life means an opportunity to fulfill one’s potential, which is based on having a human level of health care, education, income and security.

3. Dignity means having the freedom to make decisions on one’s life and to be met with respect for this right.

4. Dignity should be the basic guiding principle for all actions.

5. Ultimately, our own dignity is interdependent with the dignity of others.

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At a Dignity Day session, facilitators – people who make the Dignity Principles their own – go into schools and talk with the pupils about dignity. Facilitators can be plumbers, health workers, bankers… in short, anyone that want to see young people become their best self can be a role model.

A typical Dignity Day session lasts about two hours. The facilitator usually starts by telling his or her own story about dignity. Then, the children are asked to define dignity in their own words. After discussing the Dignity Principles, the children tell their own stories in front of the class. Finally, they typically write a letter to themselves stating what they want to achieve for themselves and others through dignity. A year later, these letters are sent back to the students.

Please download the complete Facilitator’s Guide for more details on hosting your own Dignity Day event. To hold a quick dignity day session, consult the Global Dignity Day Canada Express Guide (each session within takes less than 30 minutes with very little prep time).

Submit Your Dignity Story

Everybody has a unique dignity story about themselves, a person, event or place. As part of Global Dignity Day Canada, we’re asking you to submit your dignity day story to share with students across Canada and from around the world. It is our hope to showcase many of these submissions with the support of our National Role Models at the Global Dignity Day Canada National Capital Event in October.

By sharing our stories, we hope we can better understand each other, our experiences and why its important to live with mutual understanding, respect and compassion for ourselves and everyone around us. Please download the guidelines to submit your unique story and share what dignity means to you!

The “less. more.” Campaign

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This year Global Dignity has embrased the “less. more.” campaign. Print and share or style your social media profiles with these campaign materials to show support and help spread the word (click to view, right-click to save).

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Spread The Word – Show Your Support

Want to help spread the word about Global Dignity Day and show the world your support for a great cause? Right-click and save either of these badges and add them to you web site or blog! We'd appreciate it if you could link the images back to us too.

We've also got a great "Faces of Dignity" poster you can download here to print out and post at work or school!

Teaching Video: How to hold a Dignity Day session

This video has been produced to give you as a voluntary facilitator a brief introduction to Dignity Day and your role and responsibilities. Introduction by Global Dignity co-founder His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon.

The World Economic Forum’s Ottawa Global Shapers share details of Global Dignity Day in Canada and the Less. More. campaign.

Today Global Dignity Day is being celebrated in 71 countries by over 400,000 students!

Here in Canada, Global Shapers Hubs from coast-to-coast have teamed up in supporting our national videoconference connecting 2,000 students across eight schools in sharing their dignity stories. The event can be streamed live here from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm EST.

This morning also marks one month since Global Dignity launched the globally crowdsourced Less. More. youth empowerment campaign in partnership with Ottawa-based tech startup, PlayMC2, which was Co-Founded by Ottawa Global Shaper and Canadian Global Dignity Country Chair, Giovanna Mingarelli. View the Less. More. launch video on YouTube.

» READ THE FULL POST ON GLOBALSHAPERS.ORG

 

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Global Dignity Canada Country Chair, Giovanna Mingarelli, shares details of the Global Dignity Less. More. campaign

Coverage on CBC Radio-Canada’s Ottawa Morning Show (October 15, 2014): http://goo.gl/bcjNh0
[Audio] A story about Global Dignity Day 2014 by CKCU, Carleton University’s radio station, featuring Juno Award-winning musician, Jesse Stewart, former Senator Landon Pearson and Chair of Global Dignity Canada, Giovanna Mingarelli. See 13:45 min (October 15th, 2014).

 

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Thousands of Students Crowdsource Global Dignity Day in Canada

Press Release
For Immediate Release

OTTAWA, October 15, 2013 – Today thousands of students across Canada will join more than 400,000 of their peers in 71 countries in the celebration of Global Dignity Day (GDD).

“This year’s GDD will encourage students around the world to use social media to spread positivity and infuse their world with small acts of dignity,” said Giovanna Mingarelli, the Chair of Global Dignity Day Canada.

“Too many kids experience bullying, whether at school, in their personal lives or online. Educating our students about dignity and empathy will help foster caring and collaborative environments that are respectful of diversity.”

This year’s Global Dignity Canada national capital event, hosted by 1125@Carleton University, brings together 100 students from Regina Street Public School in Ottawa, Kitigan Zibi School and Carleton University. During the event, more than 2,000 students in eight schools from coast to coast will be connected as part of an international videoconference. Starting at 11 a.m., the videoconference livestream can be viewed at: https://new.livestream.com/takingitglobal/events/3490850.

During the videoconference, workshops will be conducted as part of the globally crowdsourced Less. More. Campaign. The campaign was created pro bono for Global Dignity by New York-based ad agency, BBDO, and is focused on reducing negativity online and infusing the world with small acts of dignity on the PlayMC2 mobile app.

“Global Dignity is using social media in a positive way, turning a weapon of insult and injury into a balm of peace and positive communication,” said Carleton University President, Dr. Roseann Runte in a letter of endorsement.

Established in 2005 by HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Operation HOPE Founder John Hope Bryant and respected Finnish professor Pekka Himanen, Global Dignity is an independent, non-profit, non-political organization focused on empowering young people with dignity.

Over the past several years, Global Dignity Day Canada has developed partnerships with leading youth-focused organizations such as: TakingITGlobal, Right To Play, the Canadian Commission to UNESCO, YMCA Canada, Adobe Youth Voices and the World Economic Forum’s Canadian Global Shapers Community. For more information, please visit www.globaldignity.ca.

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Media Inquiries:
Tim Vail
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Cell: 613-668‐0404

 

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Promoting Malala’s Vision for Youth Through Global Dignity Day

By Giovanna Mingarelli

On Friday night, Malala Yousafzai shared her thoughts on being the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize — along with Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi — at the Library of Birmingham in the UK.

In her opening lines, the 17-year-old Pakistani role model and female education activist discussed one of the pillars that form the foundation of her work.

Namely, it doesn’t matter the language you speak, the color of your skin or what religion you believe in — what matters is we should all consider each other as human beings and respect each other as such.

This is a particularly important message for youth.

» Read the full article on Huffington Post

 

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Ottawa Global Shapers Host the 3rd Annual Global Dignity Day Fundraiser

Today, the Ottawa Global Shapers are hosting the 3rd annual Global Dignity Day national fundraiser in partnership with HazloLaw – Business Lawyers, HEROA, 1125@Carleton, and the Academy of International Auditors. Joining in on this evening’s festivities and celebration are the Honourable Landon Pearson and Juno award-winning musician Jesse Stewart.

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Third Annual Global Dignity Day Fundraiser

Media Advisory
For Immediate Release

The World Economic Forum’s Ottawa Global Shapers’ 3rd Annual Global Dignity Day Fundraiser will take place on October 9th, 2014 at Carleton University in Ottawa.

The Honourable former Senator Landon Pearson will deliver remarks, and Juno award-winning percussionist and composer Jesse Stewart will perform.

Please see an attached letter of endorsement from the President of Carleton University, Dr. Roseann Runte.

When:     October 9, 2014 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Where:    1125@Carleton, the University’s Living Labs
                   4th Floor, 5110 Human Computer Interaction Building
                   Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive
                   Ottawa, ON
                   K1S 5B6 

Click here for directions to Carleton University’s campus.

Cost:       $50 per person, $5 per student

Sponsors of the event include: HazloLaw–Business Lawyers, Heroa, the Academy of Internal Auditors from Carleton and the University of Ottawa and 1125@Carleton.

Global Dignity Day (GDD) was Co-Founded by HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway in 2006 and recently launched the “Less. More.” globally crowdsourced youth empowerment campaign in 68 countries — to reduce the negativity we see online and to infuse the world with small acts of #dignity. GDD will be celebrated on October 15, 2014, with over 400,000 students in 68 countries participating.

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Media Inquiries:

Tim Vail
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Cell: 613-668-0404

 

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Crowdsourcing dignity around the world to end cyberbullying

In support of Global Dignity and the Less More campaign, the leading international peacebuilding organization, Interpeace, launched its own globally—crowdsourced #peace campaign on PlayMC2 during the ‘Geneva Peace Talks’ at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Sept. 19, 2014.

By GIOVANNA MINGARELLI | Sept. 23, 2014

A Grade 3 class in Prince Edward Island recently launched an initiative to fight cyber-bullying using post-it notes. “Post it Positive” invites students to share positive messages with schools and local businesses in an effort to counteract the crippling effects of cyberbullying.

According to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, at least one in three adolescent students in Canada have reported being bullied recently. In Prince Edward Island, the most common form of cyberbullying involved receiving threatening or aggressive emails or instant messages, as reported by 73 per cent of victims.

Joining the effort to reduce negativity online, the Canadian mobile startup, PlayMC2, partnered with the youth empowerment organization, Global Dignity, in launching a tech-friendly campaign called: Less. More. It was unveiled in 68 countries around the world Sept. 15, 2014.

PlayMC2, which also launched in beta as part of this campaign, is a daily tracking mobile platform that rewards young people with points and prizes for completing bite-size tasks called micro-actions. Micro-actions can be carried out by one person or by one million people simultaneously. Global Dignity aims to support young people around the world in protecting their dignity and to support others in living a more dignified life.

The perfect fusion of both organizations, the Less More campaign is designed to empower youth around the world to reduce digital and real-world negativity by tracking their dignity-related actions in real time. The campaign, created by the award-winning New York-based ad agency, BBDO, aims to extend the reach of Global Dignity by creating a positive space through PlayMC2.

Through a variety of creative, emoticon-laden Facebook posts, tweets, posters and a video, Less More exposes some of the cruel and yet often subtle ways in which bullying is carried out. For example, when students use words like #sns (sorry not sorry) or #smh (shaking my head) to sarcastically make fun of someone.

To this effect, Global Dignity is featuring a special dignity quest on PlayMC2, where students can crowdsource small acts of dignity such as: “Pick up a piece of trash,” or “Smile,” encouraging peers to act for the good of others and themselves.

For example, during a recent dignity workshop at Regina Street Public School in Ottawa, Global Dignity volunteers worked with Grade 3 to 6 students in crafting micro-actions like “Give a new friend a hug,” and “Give someone a high-five!” This is something that can be done and shared with other students in Ottawa and around the world.

Through the PlayMC2 app, we’re able to see the collective power of micro-actions carried out by students everywhere and the positive impact that seemingly small acts of dignity can have on our own lives and those of others.

Global Dignity Day will be celebrated Oct. 15, 2014, by more than 400,000 students worldwide. Supported by leaders from around the world and across sectors, the Honorary Board of Global Dignity includes: Sir Richard Branson, President Martti Ahtisaari and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Global Dignity is an independent, non-profit, non-political organization focused on empowering young people with dignity and was established in 2005 by HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, John Hope Bryant, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and respected Finnish professor Pekka Himanen.

In Canada, Global Dignity has been honoured to receive the multi-partisan support of Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and NDP Deputy Leader Megan Leslie in recent years, among others.

Global Dignity offers teachers, partners, and students all the material they need to participate locally, including: a video, posters, flyers, Facebook and Twitter posts and dignity cards. This package can be found on www.globaldignity.ca.

In support of Global Dignity and the Less More campaign, the leading international peacebuilding organization, Interpeace, launched its own globally—crowdsourced #peace campaign on PlayMC2 during the “Geneva Peace Talks” at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Sept. 19, 2014.

The #peace campaign challenges people everywhere to take the lead in developing local solutions for a more peaceful world and to share their acts of peace. The campaign runs until Remembrance Day, Nov. 11, 2014.

What’s more, on Monday, Sept. 22, the Canadian Council on Social Development launched the non-partisan, non-political #nationbuilding campaign on PlayMC2 with the goal of boosting civic engagement in Canada. It culminates on Oct. 17, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

To get involved, please visit www.globaldignity.org and download ‘PlayMC2’ from iTunes.

Giovanna Mingarelli is the CEO and co-founder of PlayMC2, a daily tracking mobile platform that rewards people with points and prizes for doing things they like or care about—making life healthier, happier and more rewarding. It was founded in August 2012 in Ottawa, Canada and was recently launched in 68 countries around the world. For more visit: www.playmc2.com.

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Crowdsourcing for Dignity: Global Dignity Day extends reach with New Mobile Campaign in 68 countries

Ottawa, September 15, 2014 – Today the youth empowerment organization Global Dignity launched its first ever global mobile campaign Less. More. in 68 countries around the world in partnership with new mobile startup, PlayMC2.

Global Dignity aims to support young people around the world in protecting their dignity and to support others in living a more dignified life. The Less. More. mobile campaign, is designed to empower youth around the world to reduce digital and real-world negativity by tracking their dignity-related actions in real-time, both online and offline.

“Global Dignity is very excited about this campaign and encourages students, educators, and partners around the world to get involved,” said HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, and Co-Founder of Global Dignity.

The first major mobile campaign of it’s kind, Global Dignity is featuring a special #dignity quest on MC2, where students can crowdsource small acts of dignity like: “Pick up a piece of trash,” or “Smile.” A microaction can be done by one person or by one million people simultaneously — encouraging peers to act for the good of others and themselves.

“When the microactions of young people around the world are combined, we’re able to see the positive impact that seemingly small acts of dignity can have on our own lives and those of others,” said PlayMC2 CEO and Co-Founder, Giovanna Mingarelli, who is also Country Chair for Global Dignity Canada.

Established in 2005 by HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, John Hope Bryant, Chairman & CEO of Operation HOPE and respected Finnish professor Pekka Himanen, Global Dignity is an independent, non-profit, non-political organization focused on empowering young people with dignity. The mobile campaign, created pro bono by New York-based Ad Agency, BBDO, aims to extend the reach of this organization, creating a positive space online.

“We know that young people today are attached to their mobile devices,” said John Osborn, President and CEO, BBDO New York and a special advisor to Global Dignity. “Less. More. quite literally puts the chance for dignity in the palm of their hands. And that’s something everyone can get excited about.”

Global Dignity Day will be celebrated on October 15, 2014 in 68 countries around the world with over 400,000 students. Supported by leaders from around the world and across sectors, the Honorary Board of Global Dignity includes: Sir Richard Branson, President Martti Ahtisaari and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Global Dignity is offering teachers, partners and students all the material they need to participate locally, including: posters, flyers, Facebook and Twitter posts and dignity cards – which can be found here.

To get involved, please visit www.globaldignity.org and download ‘PlayMC2’ from iTunes in participating countries.

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Media Inquiries:

For PlayMC2: Tim Vail, Vice-President Communications
Email: tim@mcrowdsourcing.com Phone: 613-668-0404
For Global Dignity: media@globaldignity.org

 

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Thousands of Canadian Students Celebrate Global Dignity Day With Videoconference on Parliament Hill

What: Over 10,000 students from Nunavut to British Columbia join 350,000 students in 50 countries around the world in celebration of the international day to empower youth with dignity, Global Dignity Day. The national Canadian event will link together seven schools and over 2,000 students through a live videoconference hosted from Parliament Hill. Andrew Bennett, Canadaʼs Ambassador for Religious Freedom, will be participating along with guest parliamentarians. The eventʼs livestream can be accessed via: http://new.livestream.com/takingitglobal.

Schools:

  • Belmont Secondary, Langford, BC
  • Fieldcrest Elementary School, Bradford, Ont
  • Centennial Regional High School, Greenfield Park, Quebec
  • Queen Elizabeth High School, Edmonton, AB
  • Fredericton High School, Fredericton, NB
  • Arctic College, Nunavut

Date: October 16, 2013

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location: C-120 1 Wellington Building, Parliament of Canada, (Former Portrait Gallery)

About the Global Dignity Day: Global Dignity (GD) is an independent, non-political organization focused on empowering individuals with the concept that every human being has the universal right to lead a dignified life. Among those supporting this year’s cause nationally are: Minister of Foreign Affairs, John Baird; Health Minister, the Hon. Rona Ambrose; Liberal Party of Canada Leader Justin Trudeau; Deputy Leader of the New Democratic Party, Megan Leslie;
Senator Yonah Martin, Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate; Halifax MP Scott Brison; Deputy Chief of Staff to the Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Jeffrey Copenace and Inuit film maker Innosar Issakiark, to name a few.

For more details, please visit: www.globaldignity.ca.

 

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MPs Across Parties Support Youth Empowerment and Anti-bullying with Global Dignity Day Canada

OTTAWA, October 15, 2013 – Global Dignity Canada formally launched its Many Faces of Dignity campaign as its theme for this yearʼs internationally recognized Global Dignity Day (GDD). The third national edition of GDD Canada will be a celebration of the diverse interpretations of human dignity and
how these forces play out in our lives.

“The goal of this yearʼs Global Dignity Day is to encourage youth to explore issues ranging from youth empowerment to gender and cultural diversity, anti-bullying and beyond,” said Giovanna Mingarelli, the Country Chair for Global Dignity Canada.

The sixth annual GDD will take place on Wednesday, October 16th, 2013. This year over 67 schools and 12,000 students from Nunavut to British Columbia are registered to participate in Global Dignity Day with 360,000 students in 50 countries around the world.

Over the past three years, Global Dignity Day Canada has developed partnerships with leading youth-focused organizations such as: TakingITGlobal, Right To Play, the Canadian Commission to UNESCO, YMCA Canada, Adobe Youth Voices and the World Economic Forum’s Canadian Global Shapers Community, to name a few, in celebration of this noble cause.

GDD Canada will be further supported by role models, champions, advisors and supporters from across the country – including students, parents, educators, athletes, federal Cabinet Ministers, Senators, Members of Parliament, as well as international business and thought leaders. They will join thousands of
volunteers to promote youth empowerment and tackle issues such as bullying and discrimination.

Among those supporting this yearʼs cause nationally are: Minister of Foreign Affairs, John Baird; Health Minister, the Hon. Rona Ambrose; Liberal Party of Canada Leader Justin Trudeau; Deputy Leader of the New Democratic Party, Megan Leslie; Senator Yonah Martin, Deputy Leader of the Government in the
Senate; Halifax MP Scott Brison; Deputy Chief of Staff to the Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Jeffrey Copenace and Inuit film maker Innosar Issakiark, to name a few.

Schools and organization are invited to partner with Global Dignity Day Canada at: www.globaldignity.ca.

About Global Dignity:
Global Dignity (GD) is an independent, non-political organization focused on empowering individuals with the concept that every human being has the universal right to lead a dignified life. Established in 2005 by HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant and Professor Pekka Himanen, GD is linked to the 2020 process of the World Economic Forum, in which leaders from politics, business, academia, and civil society join efforts to improve the state of the world. For more details, please visit: www.globaldignity.ca.

 

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The Mission of Global Dignity is to implement the universal right of every human being to lead a dignified life. We all have the ability to increase the dignity of others and thus we increase our own dignity. The more dignity we have, the brighter our world will be.

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